K1 Astrotracer Query


Miles1010

Link Posted 15/02/2020 - 22:10
A question for the K1 users. I am struggling to use the astrotracer function on my K1. I am sure it is user error and down to settings. Having followed the manual's instructions (page 75), I can't get the shutter to operate (and so take the image) when astrotracer is on (and calibrated) in bulb mode. If I turn astrotracer off, then bulb mode works and the shutter will fire. Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong?
K1, K5, 24-70mm DFA, DA18-135mm, DA35mm, Sigma 50mm Macro DG, Sigma 120-400mm DG

HarisF1

Link Posted 15/02/2020 - 23:21
Is the unit connecting to the GPS satellites? It should show a green or yellow satellite symbol on the live view screen when connected.

Miles1010

Link Posted 15/02/2020 - 23:35
The symbol is red. I'll try again in a different location. Thanks for that HarisF1.
K1, K5, 24-70mm DFA, DA18-135mm, DA35mm, Sigma 50mm Macro DG, Sigma 120-400mm DG

tigershoot

Link Posted 16/02/2020 - 15:50
If you have travelled to a totally different place it can take several minutes for the GPS to determing its location.
K3ii, K-5, K-x, DA150-450mm, DA16-85WR, DA16-45, DA18-55WR, DA18-135WR, DA35 F2.4, M100mm F4 Macro, DA55-300mm, FA50mm 1.4, AF360 Flash, AF540 Flash

Gwyn

Link Posted 16/02/2020 - 17:42
tigershoot wrote:
If you have travelled to a totally different place it can take several minutes for the GPS to determing its location.

Is the K1 astrotracer so much worse than the O-gps1 then? I have that on my K5ii and when I first turn it on it takes no longer than maybe a minute to get the satellite, after that it is no trouble, and always pretty accurate.

Miles1010

Link Posted 16/02/2020 - 20:16
I have to admit, I was trying out the astrotracer behind my dining room window yesterday. I didn't fancy the rain outside! Today, outside in the garden, the camera found the satellite almost instantly, after I calibrated it. I am visiting a dark skies event this coming Saturday to shoot some starscapes (weather permitting) and didn't want to be unfamiliar with the controls! I'll let you know how the GPS copes after that. Although I can't compare it to the O-gps1 unit.
K1, K5, 24-70mm DFA, DA18-135mm, DA35mm, Sigma 50mm Macro DG, Sigma 120-400mm DG

tigershoot

Link Posted 16/02/2020 - 23:07
Gwyn wrote:
tigershoot wrote:
If you have travelled to a totally different place it can take several minutes for the GPS to determing its location.

Is the K1 astrotracer so much worse than the O-gps1 then? I have that on my K5ii and when I first turn it on it takes no longer than maybe a minute to get the satellite, after that it is no trouble, and always pretty accurate.

I have a k3ii

I travelled to New Zealand and it took quite a while to pick up the GPS when I first switched on. When I travelled to Harare, Zimbabwe it took quite a while. Indeed my first few photos had no GPS.
K3ii, K-5, K-x, DA150-450mm, DA16-85WR, DA16-45, DA18-55WR, DA18-135WR, DA35 F2.4, M100mm F4 Macro, DA55-300mm, FA50mm 1.4, AF360 Flash, AF540 Flash

Transit

Link Posted 25/06/2020 - 04:11
Rather than start a new thread does the GPS button on the side of the body have to be turned on using astrotracer or is it enough just to turn the astrotracer on and do the calibration there
K-1 K-01 Q-7
some len

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pschlute

Link Posted 25/06/2020 - 05:44
Press GPS button before using the Astrotracer function
Peter



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Transit

Link Posted 25/06/2020 - 07:08
pschlute wrote:
Press GPS button before using the Astrotracer function

Thanks !
Might explain my startrails at 20 sec on 20mm I only just spotted the GPS button after 3 years of owning the camera ...shows what my priorities are I suppose
I had to go online to find the button to turn on the movie function! sad
K-1 K-01 Q-7
some len

Close to the Edge
Down by the River
Last Edited by Transit on 25/06/2020 - 07:09

pschlute

Link Posted 25/06/2020 - 10:01
Transit wrote:

Might explain my startrails at 20 sec on 20mm

The astrotracer needs to know where you are in the world so it can move the sensor correctly.

I am no expert but I think star trails will still be visible at the edges with very wide lenses.
Peter



My Flickr page

Transit

Link Posted 25/06/2020 - 13:48
Thanks !
The K-1 manual had me a little under awed on the topic...Yes not expecting the edges to be without some effects but this was in the center. Quite impressed with the M 20/4 for this...Just need to fix the nut behind the wheel
K-1 K-01 Q-7
some len

Close to the Edge
Down by the River
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